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December 21, 2016 11:05 AM, EST
Great Dane Receives ASE Accreditation, an Industry First
Great Dane

Trailer maker Great Dane received accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence for its service technician training program, the company said, marking the first time a semitrailer original equipment manufacturer has received that recognition.

Great Dane’s program, which includes online and instructor-led courses, focuses on safety, trailer knowledge and skills in trailer maintenance. It enables technicians to become certified in the areas that they satisfactorily complete training.

“Training is a key part of our emphasis on safety, and we are proud that our training program has received this accreditation,” Dave Durand, Great Dane’s vice president of aftermarket parts and service, said in a statement.

The accreditation assures customers that the company’s training processes are held to a national standard, Durand said.

“When you see the Great Dane Certified Technician insignia," he said, "you know the technicians working on your trailer have proven their skills through theoretical and practical tests in their specialties."

The accreditation is through the ASE Continuing Automotive Service Education program, according to Chicago-based Great Dane.

The Automotive Training Managers Council, a nonprofit organization that has been a member of ASE’s Industry Education Alliance since 2009, administers the accreditation program.

Companies in the automotive services industry that have ASE accreditation include Toyota Motor Sales USA, General Motors Co. and Penske Truck Leasing, according to the council.